British Empire / Triangular Slave Trade


Causes and Conditions of the Slave Trade

1. Unit Starter: PowerPoint [click here for a downloadable version]
Students are presented with a series of images of objects, then of people from different continents, and have to deduce from this evidence what the next topic of study is likely to be. Teachers should focus on the current day relevance of the topic in the final slides, which refer to such figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
2. Origins of the British Empire
Students have to copy and paste key details into the appropriate cells of a table which outlines who, why, where and how the British Empire developed. A good way of providing an overview of the growth of the British Empire.
3. The Growth and Shame of the British Empire: The Triangular Slave Trade
The Trade Triangle is explained and then students produce a "living graph" of the terrible conditions on board the slave ships using
4. The Art of JMW Turner: PowerPoint Starter [click here for a downloadable version]
This powerpoint presentation encourages students to analyse two of Turner's greatest paintings: The Slave Ship and The Fighting Temeraire. Each painting is a great comment on the British Empire and its Slave Trade. A good cross-curricular link with art.
5. Social Conditions - The Transatlantic Slave Trade [interactive]
The Middle Passage
Based on the memoirs of Olaudah Equiano and the story of the Amistad rebellion, this simulation attempts, as far as is ever possible, to help students understand the harrowing "Middle Passage" across the Atlantic. Complete with five different lesson plans, students then produce a memoir as did Equiano, which later becomes the centerpiece of their campaign to abolish slavery, thereby putting the role of black people in the abolition movement center-stage.
Coalbrookdale Interactive Census: Expansion, Trade and Industry Game
6. Runaway Slave Advertisements: PowerPoint Starter [click here for a downloadable version]
This PowerPoint displays a series of advertisements for runaway slaves. Students are encouraged to read through each to deduce the sorts of terrible conditions that slaves had to endure.
7. Life on the Slave Plantations [1] - Slave Narratives
Students read a series of first-person narratives from this sourcepack. Students use these to determine the sorts of punishments inflicted for different types of "crimes" on the slave plantations.
8. Life on the Slave Plantations [2] - Images and Explanations
Students are presented with a series of images and explanations and placed into teams for a competition over several rounds to test knowledge and understanding of life on the slave plantations. Instructions for the quiz can be found here.
9. End of Unit Test
Students are provided with a selection of possible questions in the GCSE Paper 1 format (a. Describe, b. Explain, c. Assess). They are told that one of these three-part questions will be set as the end of unit assessment - it is up to the teacher which to choose.

"The Apprentice" Roleplay (see below)


Abolition of the Slave Trade - click here for 'The Apprentice' roleplay unit.


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